Lord Michael Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, said yesterday that any country that bars teams of an IOC-member nation at the Olumpics risks cancellation of the Games and suspension of its national Olympic committee.
Killanin's remarks came in response to a question about possible attempts by the Soviet Union to bar Israel and other countries lacking diplomatic relations with the Soviets from the 1980 Moscow Games.
Killanin said he had visited recently with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and other officials on this issue.
"Mr. Kosygin reiterated that all (IOC) recognized national Olympic committees and their properly accreditted people will have access. I have no reason whatsoever to doubt their word. Everything they've ever promised to do, they've done."
Killanin said there is "absolutely no question" that the Soviets will adhere to IOC rules, adding that the Soviets "are not foolish."
Noting that the POC recently changed its rules, Killanin said, "If there is any attempt to bar anyone . . . it is possible for the Games to be canceled and it is possible for the national Olympic committees to be suspended (from the IOC)."
Killanin was in Washington yesterday to witness the White House signing of an agreement officially designating Los Angeles as the site of the 1984 Games. Also attending were L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley and F. Don Miller and Robert Kane, executive Director and president of the USOC, respectively.
During an hour-long interview afterwards, Killanin discussed a broad range of Olympics-related subjects, covering the role of women in the IOC to the political terrorism that marked the 1972 Munich Games and drug abuse by athletes.
THe exorbitant capital costs of the 1976 Montreal Hames scared off many cities from bidding for the 1984 Games. Los Angeles won them only after a year-long battle with the ICC that resulted in the city's being exempted from financial liabilities.
Killanin said he expects several bids for the 1988 Games, but that the economic realities of the ear may lead to the recycling of the Games to cities that have previously hosted them.
"I feel there will be a tendency to go around in sites which have already had the Games," the Irish Lord said. "There have been suggestions for permanent sites (for the Games and some individual sports). But the ICC and the international sports federations feel its better to move them around."
He noted that the Los Angeles Games and the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games mark the first time the Games have returned to a previous host city.
Killanin spoke about other subjects:
Press freedom. An IOC press commission has reviewd the Moscow preparations and is satisfied there will not be problems. He declined to say what the IOC's position might be when the American-funded Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty seeks accreditation (The Soviet regard it as subversive).
Security Killanin would not discuss what he knew of security preparations for the Lake Placid or Moscow Games, adding that security was the responsibility of the host.
Women. He said he wants them on the IOC's executive committee as soon as there are vacanies. The growth in the Games over the last few Olympics is also tied to the increased participation by women. Sex tests for female athletes undoudtedly will continue.